First of all, I would like to apologize for my little hiatus. I had a death in the family, so I have not been a writing mood. The cause of the death was basically due to a lifetime of smoking cigarettes. I am going to get a little preachy here today.
Garagiola was a career backup catcher from 1946-1954, in which included winning a World Series with St. Louis Cardinals in 1946. After his playing days, he began a very successful career in broadcasting. Most notably working for NBC on their game of the week with fellow Ford Frick Award winner Vin Scully. Garagiola also had a co hosting stint on NBC's Today show and spelled Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show on occasion. Garagiola is also the recipient of 2014 Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.
After Garagiola's broadcasting days at NBC was over, he visited many spring training camps and preached the health risks of smokeless tobacco. Garagiola had lost several of his former teammates and friends because of and wanted to eliminate the use of the tobacco product from the game. So the moral of today's post is....smoking. bad. smokeless tobacco....also bad.